Interstellar Adventures

October 31, 2005

The Meetin’

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“10:30 am. IHOP.”

“OK, I’ll see you there then.”

“Right. I recommend a good, stiff shot of whiskey before hand.”

“If not before, then after.”

The day started with breakfast at IHOP. The kids and I arrived first, and I’ve never wanted to be sick so bad. We put our name on the list, then went back outside where there was more room. No sooner had we planted ourselves right next to the door than Nick drove up and got rock-star-parking right next to our car, and directly in front of the door. Elle buried her face in my stomach and Zed hid behind me. They both gave him a bit of a cursory glance and sized him up while deciding whether or not to bestow the gift of their friendship upon him. “Well, here they are.” I said as my kids glued themselves to me. “Hi. How you guys doing?” Nick said. The crickets chirped. Fun times at IHOP. Finally, after a few tense moments, both kids decided he was worthy and set about assailing him with questions and conversation. We moved inside because it was a bit chilly. So far so good.

Ahhh, but I spoke too soon. Zed then had to tell the story about how he had puked at this very IHOP. He was sick, we stopped for breakfast, he drank some juice and then he puked it all up back on me. Lovely. Fortunately the wait-list moved fast and we got a table. Elle had already called dibs on sitting next to Nick. Fine. Everyone decided what they wanted and we ordered. Then the hellions came out. General brattiness really. Couldn’t sit still, broke the crayons, whined about it, fought about something. Kids just being kids. But as nervous as I was, it was excruciating.

We then drove over to the train station, bought our tickets and didn’t have to wait too long before another train came along. I had a bit of a private convo with each of the kids, threatening their very existence if they didn’t shape up reminding them of how important it was to mind their manners. On the train, Elle again staked claim next to Nick. Zed was fine with that, he wanted to sit by himself anyway. I kept up with the candy buckets and costumes. Within 5 minutes, Elle was claiming Nick for her own. How can I compete with cuteness like that?

The Zoo was fun. The Dallas Zoo has never been my favorite, but they have made some improvements over the last couple of years.

We all had a great time at the zoo. Elle of course got lots of rides on Nick’s shoulders. We saw all the animals we wanted to see. Most of them anyway. We missed ‘The Wilds of Africa’ where the big gorillas were. But, it was late, we were tired, and the zoo was closing. Back to the train. It was a little crowded, and Nick got a little uncomfortable around all the people. But, he ended up being OK. People got off pretty quickly and the crowd thinned out a lot. By the end of it, we were the last people in our car.

You’d think after such a wonderful day I’d let the poor guy off the hook. I mean, he did great! But no. Actually, it just kind of worked out this way, and it wasn’t in my initial plans. By the time we left the zoo and got back to the train station, we were all starving. My kids were going to spend the night with my grandparents and the timing just dictated that we would need to meet them for dinner. I checked with Nick to see if he was going to be cool with meeting my grandparents. “Sure.”. I wasn’t quite sure if that was a good “Sure” or a bad “Sure” but I didn’t ask twice. So, he met my grandparents too. That also went very well. After talking to my mom yesterday, I think my grandma actually might have a bit of a crush on Nick too. Yes. He’s that charming.

Things went so well that he even joined me and my kids last night for dinner. The NaNoWriMo kick-off party was last night and since Nick’s a writer too, I thought he might like to go. I’m so glad he did. The room was filled with strange people, and had he not been there, I might have turned around and walked right back out the door. My kids behaved wonderfully too, and were rewarded with ice cream at Braum’s afterwards.

I’m so relieved and so glad that the weekend went off without a hitch! I feel so good about it!

October 28, 2005

Halloween Weekend

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Sadly, I think out of all the holidays, Halloween is my least favorite. Probably due to the anxiety of me having to come up with a costume. Once I got dressed up, I was fine. But the dread of “what to wear” was horrible.

I used to still dress up when I worked at a place that had a costume contest every year. Out of the four and a half years that I worked there, I had good costumes twice. I won second place the year I dressed up as Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter and actually wrestled a (plastic) alligator. My last Halloween there I won first place for dressing up as Anna Nicole Smith. Complete with Sugar Pie, my Bobby Trendy pillow, a hideous blonde wig, blue eyeshadow and red lipstick, I slurred and flirted my way around the room, cooing at some of the VPs, and won myself four suite tickets to a hockey game at the American Airlines Center.

I hate it that Halloween is one of those ‘date’ holidays rather than a ‘the last Saturday of the month’ holidays. I mean, a Monday night? That’s a school night! We typically don’t do the door-to-door trick-or-treating anymore anyway though. We’ve done carnivals or festivals or whatever people want to call them the last four years. It’s actually more convenient and more fun and a whole lot safer. Today, Elle and Zed have a ‘Fall Festival’ at their after-school program. Tomorrow we’ll go to Boo at the Zoo. Breakfast, then a train ride down to the zoo. It should be a great afternoon. The most exciting part though is that Nick is coming along. After four months of dating, and talking to my kids about him for the last month, we’re all ready for them to meet. Zed and Elle are both very excited. Nick is really looking forward to it too. I’m nervous as hell of course. Zed is dressing up as Harry Potter. For probably the third or fourth time. I think maybe he took a break and was ‘just’ a wizard one year. Elle is going as the Pink Power Ranger. Why? We don’t watch the Power Rangers! I don’t even know the name of the Pink Power Ranger! Needless to say, their dad bought them their costumes.

Happy Spooking!

Update: I got a call from my STBX this afternoon. Next Friday is our court date. In less than one week I will be D-I-V-O-R-C-E-D! You know what’s sad though? That they even have a CD like this. Next Friday: Party in Dallas…who’s buying my first round? 😉

October 27, 2005

Thursday Thirteen, V

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Thirteen things on my mind today:

Update: I’m adding an additional item that has just come to my attention.

.5) ExxonMobile profitted $9.9B (that’s BILLION) dollars this QUARTER. That’s a US Corporate record. And yet I’m excited that I saw gas for $2.36 last night. And we continue to watch the rape of the Average American Pocketbook. My kids didn’t need those new shoes anyway…

1) Nick is coming to lunch with me today. Here at Fort Knox, I mean. Hopefully he won’t be too put off by the body cavity search required to gain entry to this place.

2) I signed my divorce papers yesterday and gave them to the STBX when he picked up the kids last night. I should be divorced before my birthday.

3) The 10-day forecast for my area shows temps in the high 60’s to mid 70’s through November 5. I’m running a half-marathon on November 6. I would prefer it if it were cooler than that.

4) Legs are feeling great! Going to go for a run with my kids tonight.

5) Zed supposedly had some project due today at school that he ‘forgot about’. He gathered up some stuff last minute last night on the way to his dads. I hope they got it done.

6) Elle only has two more soccer games left this season. I’m going to have to look for soccer camps for her.

7) Zed will play basketball again. His team from the last two seasons isn’t going to make this winter. So, he’ll be on a new team. I hope he’s not too bummed about that.

8) NaNoWriMo starts on Tuesday. I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this. On Sunday I’m going to a kick-off dinner. It should be interesting to see other people that are doing this.

9) I’m going to Kansas City in a month. Nick and I are going on our first trip together. At Thanksgiving, they light up the Country Club Plaza. So, it’ll be a nice little romantic get-a-way weekend.

10) I’m mad that the White Sox swept the World Series. I really wanted the Astros to win. Oh well, there’s always next season.

11) I’m 6-0-1 in my fantasy football league. I’m also favored in my matchup this week.

12) I’m not doing as well in my Pick ‘Em league. I’m in 6th place (out of 27). 1 point out of a 3-way tie for 3rd, and 4 points out of a two-way tie for first.

13) I’ve got to start these Thursday Thirteen things ahead of time! I takes me forever to think up thirteen things!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

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3. Jenny
4. Leanne
5. Better Safe Than Sorry
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7. Sleeping Mommy
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11. Texas Ivy
12. MommyD
13. Mrs. Fun
14. Tommi
15. UziCue
16. Trinity
17. Catherine
18. Jen
19. Keb
20. Leave your link in my comments and I’ll link you here!

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Leanne says: Thirteen things is all I ask for, and what do you get in return? Linkage! If you do it, leave a comment here and link me to your Thursday Thirteen. I will be sure to update my entry with links to yours, and then you can continue the chain if you like! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

October 26, 2005

Local Weather

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In Dallas at the moment, it’s sunny and 45 degrees. Feels like it’s 41 supposedly. I love this cooler weather! Unfortunately it’s also supposed to get up to 73 today. Um, hello, it’s OCTOBER! Almost November! It’s not supposed to be 73 at this time of year! OK. Maybe in Texas it is. Dammit. Anyone have a spare room where it doesn’t get above 50?

My legs are feeling much better today. I mean, I took my ice bath and all after the race, even though we were at the hotel. Fortunately the ice machine was directly across from our room! So, I grabbed the ice bucket and the plastic bags from our water shopping trips to Walgreens and filled them up. The lady walking down the hall did give me a funny look when she saw the three bags filled with ice. I just smiled at her and said Hi, then carted them back to the room. It was probably the coldest ice bath I’ve had yet. It was painful for the first five minutes. Then just a matter of waiting it out. Then, when I took my shower, my toes burned as I got feeling back to them. I’m such a masochist! But I could walk. Yesterday my quads were a bit sore, and today it’s just my left calf. Almost ready to run again!

I fought with ImageShack last night and this morning. My pics are all zipped up and ready to be uploaded, but the stupid site doesn’t want to respond. I was going to treat you all with a photo-tour of San Francisco and surrounds, but it wasn’t meant to be for today. I promise I’ll keep trying.

October 25, 2005

I have my reasons

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And now I can call myself a marathon runner. I haven’t listened to my audio posts yet. I’m afraid actually. I can’t remember what I said. I think it will bring back a lot of the emotion. There were tears (of joy!) at the finish. All I have to say is, You gotta try this! It’s like no feeling in the world. All those months of training, and I was afraid it was going to be anticlimatic. But it wasn’t. The energy at the start was amazing. I talked with a couple of girls doing the half. One was from Canada and the other from California. They were both super nice. I didn’t see the Cali girl after the start, but I saw Canada here and there. I passed her after the first water stop and didn’t see her again.

We ran along the Embarcadero and encountered our first big hill. I got about 3/4 of the way up and decided, OK, if I’m going to finish this race, I shouldn’t be running up these hills. I mean, dang! There’s nothing like that in Dallas to train on. Anywhere. Later I told Judy that we need to find a bigger hill to train on, because the one that we run just ain’t gonna cut it for races like that.

I passed the 10K mat at about 1:12, and I felt good. I had my names all pinned to my shirt, so I knew who was with me at each mile. Judy called me when I was on mile 8 somewhere and asked how I liked the hills. I told her I didn’t. She said they didn’t get any better, and aske me if I wanted her to come run with me. She waited for me at mile 9 and we picked up our pace on a long downhill. Had to make up for those uphills!

It seems like the race just kind of flew by. We ran into Golden Gate park and finally passed the Half Way point. I was feeling pretty giddy, and I was thinking about anything but running. Once we got outside of Golden Gate park, we could see people on their last miles. When I reviewed the map before the race, I knew that I was going to see people heading towards the finish while I still had miles to go. But, I didn’t let it get to me.

My least favorite part of the race was miles 19-23. Not because of pain. I mean, there was that. But this was a big loop around Lake Merced, and it was just ugly. There was nothing to look at. There were cars right next to the race lane, and there weren’t nearly enough porta-potties for the racers. The Godiva Chocolate was the best part of that section, and my camera batteries died, so I couldn’t get any pictures of us by the mountains of chocolate!

Back onto the final stretch and running alongside the Pacific Ocean I felt elated. I had done it! I had run the course and I was going to finish the race. One foot in front of the other. I thought about how far I had come, and I just kept repeating to myself ‘Never give up. Never quit.’ My legs weren’t cramping and I while I had some discomfort in my hips, it wasn’t as bad as some of my training runs. The part that hurt the most though was my feet. Starting about mile 17 my feet started to pound. I could feel them pulsating in my shoes and I felt every step and every rock in the road. I just wanted to get off my feet!

We had been employing a 5/1 and then later a 5/2 run/walk strategy to get me through. But at mile 25, I said, this is it. No more stopping. I was going to run that entire last 1.2. So I put my head down and pushed it through. Judy gave me confidence by letting me know that when I was running, I was still running my goal pace. Then, when the finish line mat was in sight, I sprinted, well, what felt like a sprint after 26 miles, over the finish, arms raised in victory! Finishing chip time was 5:34:51. The overall winner’s time was 2:59:32. There were 4,690 total finishers, and I was 2,833.

I am definitely running White Rock on December 11. I know that for sure! That will be just another ‘finish’ goal, faster though than I did this one. After that, I’m going to take a break. Cut back on the miles. Work on getting in better shape and increasing my speed.

And now I know that whatever the challenge, how big or how small, I can do it. And you know what? Anyone can. Including YOU.

marathon miles

October 23, 2005

To Do List

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Run Marathon &#8212 Done

Finish Line

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Last 10K

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Half Way

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Starting LIne

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